Travel Award 2016

Rima and Muhammed Ahmed by Laura Guoke, 2016 © Laura Guoke

Rima and Muhammed Ahmed by Laura Guoke, 2016 © Laura Guoke

BP Travel Award 2016

The BP Travel Award is a given to an artist to enable them to experience working in a different environment on a project related to portraiture.

The BP Travel Award 2016 was won by Lithuanian artist Laura Guoke for her proposal to travel to refugee camps in Ritsona, Greece. On her travels, Guoke took sketches, photographs and film in order to create large-format portraits of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria and the volunteers helping them. Her aim was to show migrants as people with names, faces and individual stories, using her work to convey personal themes which may otherwise be difficult to put into words. The resulting work will be displayed in the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.

Read an interview with Laura Guoke about the BP Travel Award 2016 on the Gallery blog.